Botaniko, Esperanto for botanical, comprises 20 botanical artists living in and around Hobart, Tasmania. Most of its members have been, at one time or another, students of one of Australia’s leading botanical artist, Lauren Black. Botaniko was formed in 2014.
The aim of the group is to foster the enjoyment of botanical art mainly through the medium of graphite drawing, colour pencils and/or watercolour; to pursue projects of botanical significance within Tasmania, culminating in an exhibition; and to continue developing skills through workshops with external artists. The members meet on a weekly basis from February to early December, working on a variety of individual and/or joint projects.
In 2014, the group took on a project at the Port Arthur Historic site, depicting plants transported to the Port Arthur penal settlement, along with convicts, a commandant, officers and soldiers. The ensuing, very successful, exhibition, An Exotic Garden – Port Arthur: Unlocking the botanical journey, was held in The Asylum at the Port Arthur Historic site in early 2015.
In 2015, some members collaborated with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to depict plants grown in the Reverend Robert Knopwood’s kitchen garden. From 1804-1824, the garden was located on the land later occupied by Narryna in Battery Point, Hobart. The exhibition of these works was open to the public from early December 2015 to May 2016, at the Narryna Heritage Museum, in Battery Point, Hobart. It was subsequently on display in Kingston Linc throughout July 2016.
During 2016, Botaniko, by invitation, returned to The Port Arthur Historic site to depict some of the plants of medicinal, culinary, and industrial significance used by the early settlers of the site in 1800’s. This exhibition is currently on display until the end of May 2017, at the Asylum, Port Arthur Historic site.
During 2017, most Botaniko members will be working on a special project, in association with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Bicentenary, painting some of the significant botanical specimens grown in the Gardens over the last 200 years. The works will be exhibited as part of the RTBG commemoration in 2018.
More projects are planned for 2018 and 2019.
Botaniko Art Group Membership
The group has been meeting since 2014 and has now reached maximum capacity, however, should we be able to accommodate more members in the future, notification will appear on this site.